Last updated: December 29, 2018
The Best MaxCDN Hosting: Who’s The Best For Your Site? [Updated: 2019]
What is MaxCDN Hosting?
MaxCDN is a highly optimized and user-friendly Content Delivery Network. A Content Delivery Network is a type of web hosting service that stores and serves static web assets, like images and video, for consumption by viewers of websites served up by other (usually dynamic) web servers.
The biggest reason for using a Content Delivery Network is that it can dramatically increase speed and site performance. A secondary reason is that, often, use of a CDN can be more cost effective than serving images and other static assets from the same server as a dynamic web site or web application. In addition to these two key features, MaxCDN provides some added benefits.
MaxCDN for Speed
One of the most important aspects a good online experience is page-load speed. In a fast paced world, with a lot of other distractions, no user wants to wait around for your website or images to load. If they have to wait, they are likely to simply click away.
Speed can also play a part in Search Engine Optimization. Search engines like Google and Bing understand that a slow page is an annoyance to their users, and so they would prefer to serve faster websites over slower ones. Additionally, the major providers of search have a vested interest in making the internet faster overall. For these reasons, search engines have included page speed in their overall site and page scores.
Besides user-friendliness and SEO, there are some cases where speed is not just important but absolutely critical. Online gaming, for example, requires hundreds of unique assets to be delivered to a gamer in any given moment and a slow-down would essentially kill playability.
MaxCDN helps speed up loading of web assets in two ways.
First, individual items such as pictures and sound files can be served faster by using higher-performing hardware and optimized server systems. MaxCDN uses Solid State Drives (SSDs) rather than conventional spinning disks in order to boost speed, and that is just one of many engineering decisions they have made in order to make their servers as fast as possible. MaxCDN is recognized as having some of the fastest load times in the industry. They even provide support for Google’s SPDY protocol.
Secondly, by serving multiple assets from multiple locations, instead of all the assets for a single page being loaded from the same server that is rendering PHP and writing to a database, several assets can load in parallel to each other, speeding up total page load time tremendously.